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Heat pump users sought to help inform government future policy

London South Bank University seeks data from heat pump users to help Department for Energy and Climate Change formulate future Renewable Heat Incentive strategy and other energy policies

London South Bank University’s Centre for Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Research (CARR) is seeking quantitative data on refrigerant usage from heat pump systems, so that it can help inform future government policy.

The CARR centre is working with DECC to fill the current gaps in information about the full environmental impacts of heat pumps, and to develop the Department’s knowledge base about the technology. The aim will be to inform future policy in areas such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Green Deal and other mechanisms, whereby DECC looks to provide financial support for the installation and operation of heat pumps.

According to lead researcher Dr Ina Colombo, what CARR needs is copies of log book information: “We are looking to cover heat pumps of all sizes and operating modes, so any log book for a heat pump is of value. We will anonymise all such information, but on your agreement, your involvement in the project will be formally acknowledged in the report to be published by DECC.”

She added that CARR can also provide a summary of the performance of the units for which log book information is provided, giving useful information back to the operator.

To find out more or to register an interest in participating in the project, which looks set to have an important role in convincing the government of the benefits of heat pumps, please contact Dr Colombo on colombi@lsbu.ac.uk. or +44 207 815 7635

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